Fireworks Use & Sale Info

Fireworks Use and Sale Fire Medical

In Spring 2019 the Arizona State law regulating the use and sale of consumer fireworks was revised to include new dates around Cinco de Mayo and the Indian festival of Diwali.

Arizona Revised Statutes section 36-1601, provides the following expanded use/sale dates:

  • The use of permissible consumer fireworks as defined under state law is allowed:  May 4 — May 6, June 24 — July 6 and December 24 — January 3 of each year and the second and third days of Diwali of each year
  • The sale of permissible consumer fireworks as defined under state law is allowed:  April 25 — May 6, May 20 — July 6 and December 10 — January 3 of each year and five days before the first day of Diwali through the third day of Diwali of each year

Permissible consumer fireworks may not be sold to persons under 16 years of age.

In the city of Surprise, consumer fireworks use is prohibited on public property, including streets, city parks/open spaces, etc…. 

Consumer fireworks use is allowed on private property within city limits, with the owner’s consent.

Click here for a list of acceptable and non-acceptable consumer fireworks to use/sell in Arizona

Please note that permits for the public display of fireworks may be granted by the Surprise Fire-Medical Department upon application of a Temporary Use Permit and proper inspection. Permits may be revoked during times of High Fire Danger warnings.

To report a violation please contact Code Enforcement at 623.222.3013.

Disposal of Unused Fireworks

To properly dispose of unused fireworks, please call Fireworks Productions of Arizona at 480.948.0090 and ask for Kerry Welty.

What types of fireworks are legal?

Permissible fireworks include ground spinners, spark­ling wheel devices and cylindrical, square, cone and California rocket-shaped fountains.

Novelties, such as smoke devices, sparklers, party poppers and snap caps, are permitted year-round.

What types of fireworks are illegal?

Skyrockets, bottle rockets, firecrackers, Roman candles and aerials are not permitted under the new law because of their ability to detonate in the air.

What are the fees for selling fireworks in Surprise?

  • Fireworks Permit & Pyrotechnics Display (show) - $300 permit inspection
  • Sell fireworks (store inspection – 90 day) - $150 inspection/permit
  • TUP – tent inspection (sell fireworks- 90 day) - $350 inspection/permit

What could happen if I violate the law?

Civil penalties range from $150 to $1,000, depending on the violation. Violating fireworks provisions is no longer a Class 3 misdemeanor.

However, SB1158 makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor with a mandatory minimum $1,000 fine for using fireworks on preservation lands within a city that has purchased 15,000 acres or more for preservation purposes.

Is the law the same all over Arizona?

The new law applies only to communities in Maricopa and Pima Counties. Municipalities in Arizona's other counties can ban the use of fireworks, primarily because of wildlife concerns.

For more information on fireworks please contact: Fire Prevention at 623.222.5100 or FirePrevention@surpriseaz.gov.